Skin, sentinel of health: 7 signs that can reveal problems deep inside your body

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Everyone experiences an occasional, harmless pimple later in life, and that's not a big deal. But the skin, which is the largest organ in your body, is able to give you an idea of ​​what is happening inside the body. Signs not to be underestimated as they often represent the tip of the iceberg that should be investigated.

In some cases, in fact, the former signs of a disease important they can appear right on the skin. Let's find out the 7 skin signs to watch out for


Acne or skin rash

Pay attention to the location of the acne or rash; if you have acne around your jaw and chin, get tested forpolycystic ovary (PCOS), especially if you have difficulty losing weight, excess hair on your upper lip, and suffer from a rash before your period. Have you noticed a rash on your feet? If it does not reduce with the help of antifungal cream, it is advisable to test for hepatitis C infection. If you have apurple rash on the eyelids, according to some research, it could be a sign of dermatomyositis (an inflammatory muscle disease).

Change in the texture of the skin

If you suddenly noticed a change in the texture of the skin, it could mean that something is wrong. Hardening of the skin is associated with an autoimmune condition known as systemic sclerosis. The dark, velvety texture in the skin folds could mean prediabetes; while, loose or pasty skin has been linked to a connective tissue disorder known as cutis laxa acquisita. (Read also: Psoriasis: the skin disease that discriminates)

Skin spots

Many people may notice small spots on the face, and in most cases these are caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. But if you see yellowing of the skin, it could be liver disease. If you are diabetic and have skin spots it could mean that there is a problem in iron metabolism, which, in turn, could cause liver failure.


You ignore the little ones red bumps on the face, on the shoulders, on the thighs or on the legs? Perhaps you should take a closer look at it, as there are multiple causes behind these red spots. It could be keratosis pilaris, a condition caused by a buildup of keratin at the opening of the hair follicle, or it could be a group of dilated blood vessels. If they are yellow, however, it could be a sign of prediabetes.

Red spots could also be a sign of rosacea, a chronic skin condition that could be triggered by stress, seasonal changes, or another external cause. Obviously, in any case it is always advisable to consult a doctor to rule out skin cancer.

Pronounced dark circles

Le eye bags they are a very common problem, but most people tend to hide them with makeup without addressing the root cause. The skin under the eyes is much more sensitive than the rest of the face, which is why you see the first signs of aging here. Dark circles are usually the result of diet, lifestyle, lack of sleep, vitamin deficiency but also genetics. Drinking 8 glasses of water, eating fruits and vegetables, and sleeping for 8-9 hours can help reduce this blemish.

Yellowish skin

La yellowish skin it is a sign that something is wrong with your body. Usually, it can be confused as part of the aging process, but it is actually caused by underlying problems. It might be inadequate sleep, smoke, vitamin deficiency, dehydration or even stress; but the yellowish skin does not appear suddenly, it develops gradually. (Read also: Pollution: if you live in the city, your skin ages earlier)


Do you bruise easily and take time to heal? Although i bruises are very common, having them frequently could be a sign of blood diseases such as leukemia. You may also see bruises appear when you take certain medications, such as blood thinners and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

When should I see a doctor?

If you notice something new on your skin, and if this is accompanied by fever, joint pain or weakness, always consult your doctor. Various pathologies and diseases, even serious ones, begin with vague and apparently innocent signs and symptoms. 

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